Alternate Realities

Patrick Jagoda, Mellon postdoctoral fellow of new media and soon to be Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago, will be presenteting "Alternate Realities: Digital Games and the Culture of Transmedia Play" as part of the Cultural Policy Workshop.

Since the 1980s, digital games have started to blossom into a significant cultural form. Alongside the proliferation of mainstream gaming genres such as First-Person Shooter, Real-Time Strategy, and Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games, a more experimental form has emerged over the last decade: Alternate Reality Games (ARGs). Many of these games, including Microsoft's The Beast and 42 Entertainment's I Love Bees, function as collaborative experiences that use the real world as a platform, blurring the lines between games and reality.

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The presentation is Tuesday, April 17, from Noon to 1:20 PM. at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. It's free and open to the public.